Much of UK holds once-in-decade census

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London

Much of Britain on Sunday conducts a once-in-a-decade census, for the first time completed primarily online and which will ask about gender identity to help develop policy, services and “further equality”.

The census will be held in England, Wales and Northern Ireland to gather detailed information on the country’s population, their characteristics, education, religion, ethnicity, working life and health.

It was postponed in Scotland until next year due to the pandemic, so UK-wide results will be collated later.

The census – the 22nd in British history and last conducted in 2011 – is carried out to help inform decision-makers in national and local government, community groups, charities and businesses.

The compulsory survey is the most important single source of information about the size and characteristics of the country’s population.—AFP

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